Support Red Nose Day

July 17th, 2019

ABOVE: The staff of Young Newsagency Lisa Cummings, Ted Loader, Esther Herzich and Kate Loader. Today is – yes, you guessed it – Red Nose Day. So support SIDS research and get your nose on.

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

We deliver on our vision through world-class research, evidence based education and bereavement support, and advocacy.

In Australia each year over 3500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents), SUDC (sudden unexpected death in childhood) or accident.

Sadly for many of these deaths there is no known cause.

For example, more than half the deaths of unborn babies during the last eight weeks of pregnancy each year are unexplained.

SIDS and Kids works to find answers for parents by funding and supporting vital research into stillbirth, SIDS and safe sleeping practices.

Through evidence-based community education we aim to prevent these deaths and we advocate for and support bereaved families.

SIDS and Kids is a registered DGR health promotion charity which relies almost totally on the support of the community.

Red Nose Day is our largest fundraising initiative and allows us to continue to support Australian families with safe sleeping education and bereavement support.

Our structure:

SIDS and Kids is a national organisation with an office in each State and Territory of Australia with the National Office located in Melbourne.

We also have an additional office in the Hunter Region of NSW.

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TRY! Kye Tiedemann being congratulated by teammates on his try at the weekend. (sub)After a three week break Young’s Under 16s struggled to find some form against a side equal to them on the ladder.

South City used the wet ground to their advantage with a short passing game to score two first half tries to Young’s solo 50 metre effort from Nic Schiller to lead 10-6 at half time.

To Young’s credit they never panicked and their passes started to stick, resulting in five second half tries to run out winners 34-10.

Second half tries were scored by Nic Schiller, Angus Smith, Jesse Corcoran, Kyan Sell and Kye Tiedemann, with Jesse Corcoran converting five.

Jonah Potts was a standout in the forwards sometimes taking two hit ups in a set of six.

Angus Smith continues to improve every game, and Jesse Corcoran always gives good service to one of the best backlines in this age group.

This win has taken the baby ‘Pickers to top of the ladder.

They play Albury this weekend which will be a very hard contest as they are only one point behind Young on the ladder.

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CKS Swifts to apply pressure

July 17th, 2019

It has been a short and sweet turnaround since CKS Swifts last met Taylors Lake in the Horsham District Football League.

Scott Carey is an important player in the CKS Swifts line up.

Just four rounds have passed since the two teams played, with Swifts taking the points with a margin of 68.

Prior to their round eight clash Swifts coaches had goals in place and that was to keep them below seven goals for the match.

Swifts did just that, but in the second quarter, they had a lapse and allowed the Lakers to kick five goals.

Ben Martin is hoping to rectify that tomorrow by playing four good quarters of football.

“We reached our goals, but we can’t afford to let any team kick five goals in one quarter of football,” Martin said.

“We are hoping that this weekend we can play four quarters of good pressure football. If our pressure is on the score will come.”

After the hype and celebrations that led to last week’s match it would not have been surprising if there was a lull around the group, but Martin assures otherwise.

“Apart from how cold they felt everyone was still really upbeat about playing and training,” Martin said.

Last weekend saw a huge crowd in attendance for the 100 year celebrations, a crowd that won’t be expected again until finals come round.

Ash Cowen has played just two games in the reserves since returning from his heavy athletics training load, but could be a possible inclusion into the senior side.

Damien McDonald will miss tomorrow’s game with work commitments and given how he plays Cowen would be the perfect replacement.

Luke Mitchell may also be included in the team, but a decision is yet to be made.

Brett Hargreaves’ name has been thrown around a bit as well with nothing to come of it as yet.

“We would love to have Brett back at Swifts,” Martin said.

“He could be the last piece of the jigsaw we are looking for.”

There is only a limited amount of time left for the agile big man to sign with the Swifts.

Tomorrow’s match against Taylors Lake will be the last seemingly easy round for Swifts before they meet the top five contenders.

“We want to go into our break in good form,” Martin said.

“Because after the break we take on Kalkee, Laharum and all the top five. It will be a tough five week period for us.”

With the position they are currently in both coaches would be extremely disappointed if they were to drop out of the top three before finals start at the end of August.

Action will get underway tomorrow at 2.20pm at North Park.

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Former AFL player Matt Austin will bolster Stawell Westlift Warriors in their Wimmera Football League clash against arch rival Ararat this Sunday.

Former Brisbane Lions defender Matt Austin will line up for Stawell this Sunday against Ararat.

Austin, who spent two years with the Brisbane Lions, returned to his Victorian Football League club North Ballarat Roosters after being delisted following a series of bad injuries.

After debuting in 2009 Austin played 15 senior games and kicked two goals, but never really cemented his place in the lineup.

Injuries struck the youngster again at VFL level having dislocated his shoulder eight weeks ago in a clash with Geelong Falcons.

Without a reserves team, Austin was forced to nominate a home club to play at before returning to the Roosters. He chose Stawell.

“It was my home club growing up, so Stawell was always my first option,” Austin said.

“The last time I played with Stawell I would have been around 16 years old. They gave me a lot of opportunities including being drafted, so it will be great to give back a bit.”

Having not played with Stawell Warriors in nine years it will be difficult to find his feet, but if anyone can it is Austin.

“I’m excited to get out there, get a game in and just have fun with some old mates,” Austin said.

It is expected that the former Lion will line up on the half back flank, but Warriors coach Brad Cassidy is happy to be told where Austin should play.

“I am assuming he will start on a half back flank,” Cassidy said.

“I will have a chat to Gerard Fitzgerald (Roosters coach) and will go from there. In the end though I will do what I’m told.”

Austin is a huge inclusion for the club and Cassidy and the rest of the Stawell playing group are very excited to have him.

“It’s not only great for the club, it is great for Matt,” Cassidy said.

“He wants to help us out and the boys see it as a great opportunity to play with an experienced player. At the end of the day if he brings more energy to the boys, we are happy.”

So far this season Stawell has had some good performances and some poor to even disappointing results.

“I’ve used the words tougher, accountable, relentless, that is what we need to have more of against Ararat to give ourselves a chance,” Cassidy said.

On the bigger ground at Alexandra Oval, run and carry is important and with Jesse Eckel right to go and Brenton Potter also in the mix the team is almost at full strength.

David Morris is one player who is unavailable after playing just one game since returning from a hamstring injury.

Jarrod Illig will also play on Sunday as will Tom Eckel, who last weekend had his wisdom teeth removed.

Warriors will have a third training session for the week tomorrow morning when they meet for a quick kick and a light run.

“In the end if we don’t cover the ground, we are in for a tough day,” Cassidy said.

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Bill Chambers playing at a sold out gig at Wingham’s Bent on Food.Aussie music icons James Reyne, Grace Knight and Rick Price head the exciting anddiverse line-up announced for this year’s Wingham Akoostik Festival, being held from October 17to19.

Alongside the Australian musical legends, multi-instrumentalist Blake Noble returns to hishomeland from his adopted city of Seattle, USA, to join the festival line-up.

Announced at an exclusive, sold out event last night with special guest Bill Chambers, the full list of artists includes more than 24 acts, including Caravana Sun, Minnie Marks, MojoBluesman, AFRO and the Ultimate, Tom Richardson, Galleri, Floyd Vincent and Swamp Stompers.

James Reyne has a music career that spans four decades, and more than two million album sales under his belt. With well-known hits such as ‘The Boys Light Up’ and ‘Reckless’, Reyne is well-known for both his success as lead singer of Australian Crawl, and as a soloartist, having released his most recent album, Thirteen, in 2012.

Grace Knight is the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed band, Eurogliders, and a highly successful solo artist in her own right.

This ‘jazz diva’, whose career began in the UK in the seventies, has also appeared on the ABC mini series Come In Spinner and the long-running TV show Neighbours.

Rick Price came to fame in the early nineties, with top 40 songs such as ‘Walk Away Renee, ‘Not a Day Goes By’ and ‘Heaven Knows’.

With his most recent album released in 2011, Price also co-writes and produces music for other artists including Becky Cole, GinaJeffreys, Adam Brand and Tina Arena.

Alongside the musical performances, the Wingham Akoostik Festival includes a vibrant arrayof activities and entertainment, such as circus performances, roving entertainers, market stalls and a variety of workshops.

A highlight on this year’s program will be the ‘Getchya Music to the Masses’ workshop for budding performers, with Jake Stone from the band BLUEJUICE, and Thom Rawle from Papa Vs Pretty providing their insights.

This year the Akoostik festival will be run at the Wingham Showground over three days,kicking off on Friday night October 17, and continuing throughout the weekend, with onsitecamping available.

Other performers over the weekend include Holly Who, Suntara, The Travelling Teardrops, Matt Zarb, MD West, The Last Train, Up in Annie’s Room, Harrys Lookout,Jake Davey and Peggy van Zalm.

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Stawell Harness Racing Club and the Martin family will honour the late Ray Martin on Monday with the running of the Ray Martin Memorial Pace.

Wheatsheaf Avaball will contest the Ray Martin Memorial at Laidlaw Park on Monday.

Martin was a great supporter of harness racing for most of his life and his son Owen has continued the tradition of the Martin family being involved with harness racing as an owner and trainer.

The Martin family have donated a trophy to the winning connections of the race on Monday, open to C4 to C5 pacers.

Last year’s winner Amajorfrost launched his career after winning the race and went on to win several more races before being sold to Tasmania to continue his career.

This year’s race has attracted a top field with local chances from the Great Western stables of Grant Campbell and Kerryn Manning.

The Noble Steed has just returned to racing this season and is set to break through for a win.

Campbell has Well Oiled Lombo entered and the horse has been going well this season.

Michelle Wight has Wheatsheaf Avaball entered and will be a chance.

Grins Rendition will be a big chance after running some big races against stronger company in his last few starts.

The David Lewis trained Twentyfivetolife heads to Stawell to try and score another win after winning at Stawell’s last race meeting in March.

A great day of harness racing action will be on offer on Monday with the Trackside Bistro open from noon for meals and snacks during the afternoon. Entry is free.

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Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a Dominos pizza delivery driver in Mollymook overnight.

About 8pm (Thursday, June 26), the 23-year-old man went to a house on Settlers Way, Mollymook to deliver a pizza.

There was no answer at door so the driver returned to his car.

When the driver got back into his car he noticed a male standing next to the front of the vehicle.

Another male allegedly threatened the driver with a baseball bat and demanded property from him.

At the time a third male was standing at the rear of the car.

The driver has then accelerated away from the scene and during this the male armed with the baseball bat has hit the car damaging it.

The males were last seen running west along Settlers Way.

Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are investigating the robbery and have descriptions of the three males involved.

One male was aged about 18 to 22-years-old, Caucasian appearance, 170 to 180cm tall, dark hair and wearing a black hooded jumper.

The second male is also of Caucasian appearance, 16 to 20-years-old, 160 to 170cm tall and wearing a grey hooded jumper and hat.

The third male is described as being 16 to 20-years-old, wearing a hooded jumper.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via the Shoalhaven Police Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The tide turned last year for Fremantle as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final. Photo: Candice BarnesThe Fremantle Dockers are not only solid favourites for this weekend’s western derby but also winners in the merchandise game.

The Eagles blue-and-yellow dreadlocked beanies may stand out in the crowd but AFLstore南京夜网.au sales manager Geoff Amoore said Dockers merchandise was selling faster than that of their WA counterpart.

Mr Amoore is in charge of sales online as well as for supplying official merchandise stores throughout the country.

“It’s all Freo at the moment,” he said.

“The Eagles are very strong because of the good supporter base they have is strong but Fremantle have come from the clouds.”

Mr Amoore said this year’s merchandise sales for WA teams were split between the Dockers and Eagles 60/40. He said in past years it had been 70/30 in favour of the Eagles.

The tide turned last year as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final.

“The gift shop over there ran out of stock in the lead up to it,” Mr Amoore said.

He said Matthew Pavlich and Nic Natainui were the most popular players in terms of sales of products with their names or faces on.

“They are pretty hard to split but at the moment around Pavlich’s 300 games there’s been a lot of his gear sold lately,” Mr Amoore said.

While the Dockers would not provide sales figures, a spokesman for the Eagles said $2.3 million worth of team merchandise was sold in 2013 and so far this year about $1.3 million worth had been sold.

“Nic Naitanui is our most popular player with player badges, guernseys with his number on them etcetera,” the spokesman said.

The Eagles take on the Dockers in the 40th western derby at 2.40pm on Saturday at Patersons Stadium.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens delivers her valedictory speech on Tuesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.THE events of June 24, 2010 ruined Australian politics. That’s a parting thought from Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens, who today draws the curtain on a 12-year career at Parliament House.

Dr Stephens used an exclusive interview with the Post to draw light on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd quagmire, poke holes in the Abbott Government’s first budget, reflect on the need for Senate election reform and outline dreams of the future.

She’ll use the immediate downtime from a heavily scrutinised world of politics to focus on the health of her husband Bob, recovering from a stroke, welcome into the world grandchild number five and chair a United Nations panel dedicated to finding ways of most effectively conducting third world aid projects.

Dr Stephens hasn’t ruled out a return to politics, admitting she’s considering offers to stand as the Labor Party candidate for a new-look seat of Goulburn in next March’s NSW election.

“That’s a decision for another day,” she explained during an interview this month.

“If it feels right, I’ll make up my mind then. Right now, I don’t feel as though as I have to make a decision.”

The long-time primary school teacher and philosophy doctorate holder concedes she’s served office in the most extraordinary of eras – often for the wrong reasons.

The decision to commit troops to Iraq, the knifing of consecutive prime ministers and a personal style of opposition politics, which she labels ‘vitriolic’, occurred during her reign.

Ursula Stephens

Dr Stephens accused the post-Howard Coalition of becoming sore losers and described dismissals of Labor leaders as the darkest days in her party’s history.

The childish behaviour of politicians leaves voters, in particular the young, disengaged and dissatisfied, she says.

“Politics from 2007 really changed dramatically.

Since that big swing when Rudd won government, the thing that was so tangible was the extent to which the opposition were prepared to stoop,” she said.

“They weren’t prepared to accept that they’d lost.

They were pretty sore losers, quite vitriolic. They started the personal vendettas.”

Labor was equally responsible for the demise. Dr Stephens is ashamed of her party’s decision to dump Kevin Rudd as Prime Minster on June 24, 2010.

She was further disillusioned by its move to punt Julia Gillard almost three years later to the day.

On both occasions, she supported Mr Rudd. On both occasions, she was vehemently opposed to the sagas.

“I hated it. The way in which the political operatives run around, stitch up the deals and promise people everything – everyone gets promised a favour, everyone gets promised a job,” she recalls.

“It stunk. The environment in which it all happened, it’s this hothouse of pressure. It’s feral.

“When you go that low, how do you get back? I don’t think we’ve got back. When you’re in the gutter, how do you lift the national dialogue out of the gutter? It’s pretty hard.”

The May Budget handed down by Treasurer Joe Hockey does nothing to pull morale from the gutter, Dr Stephens says.

Nor does a convoluted Senate election process, a system that next week culminates in the swearing- in of micro party members who secured as little as 0.2 per cent of the primary vote.

Despite dissatisfaction at the hustle of modern day Parliament House, Dr Stephens’ term as a Labor Senator for NSW was predominately positive.

She formally signed off during a valedictory speech in the Senate on Tuesday night.

In it, Dr Stephens paid homage to those who’ve shown support over the last 12 years and urged future politicians to steer clear of slander.

“I’ve never been an adversarial politician. Instead I believe in the power and potential of respectful negotiation, collaboration and relationship building – even in defeat,” she said.

“Everything worth working for takes time, effort and commitment, and the determination not to give up simply because it’s a long, hard run.”

Among her final words as a Senator were those used to formulate an analogy featuring a wounded duck and his loyal friend.

“On my way into work last week, traffic was delayed. A duck had been hit and injured by a car,” Dr Stephens explained.

“What held us up was not the wounded duck, it was its companion.

Despite all the traffic, the fog and the danger, the duck hovered about its fellow creature, concerned for its wellbeing. And I thought to myself: ‘yes, even a duck looks after its weaker mate’.”

Ursula Stephens’ fifth grand child is expected to enter the world on July 5. Two days’ later, she’ll celebrate her 60th birthday.

Will her name appear on the ballot paper at the March 28 NSW election? That’s a question for another day.

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Girls go to state champs

June 16th, 2019

AFTER final selection into teams in January, Hastings Valley’s four Junior representative teams have been training very hard to meet the stiff competition that will be encountered at Wollongong this weekend.

Teams from associations all around the state will gather in Wollongong and Campbelltown to contest the Netball NSW State Age Championships.

The Port teams will travel all together by bus with their coaches and managers on Friday with the competition being run over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In the lead up to the main event, the teams have participated in several local carnivals as well as travelling further afield to meet stronger associations in a carnival atmosphere to improve skills and work on team building and playingcombinations.

15s: Emma Marsden, Molly Fraser, Emily Weaver, Maddison McKenna, Jade Horton, Olivia King, Courtney Kelly-Scholes, Eleneoa Wilson, Jade Milroy,Front: Coach Stephanie Fraser, Manager Kylie WeaverAbsent: Tayla Reid.

Manager Daphne McInherny, Tegan Holland, Bayleigh Duck, Ellie Cross, Alana Grose, Georgia Clarke, Lucy Hills, Georgia Caire, Sophie Smith, Amber Stokes, Lani Dwyer, Coach Helen Miles.

13s: Manager Erin Barker, Annaliese Ray, Jacqueline Palmer, Monique Copelin, Grace Biron, Molly Styles, Georgia Marino, Kayla Milroy, Courtney Gallagher, Ellie Richards, Isabella Turnbull, Coach Natalie Jordan.

12s: Coach Ann Heaton, Clare McLaughlin, Grace Kucera, Jemma McIntyre, Sophie Newman, Caitlin Rogers, Piper Thompson, Manager Marg MorganFront row: Mattarley Kelly-Scholes, Maia Marino, Aleigha Biron.

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